Kenyan journalist and award-winning author Binyavanga Wainaina will come to Dutchess Community College on Nov. 9 for presentations at 12:30 and 7 p.m., both in the James and Betty Hall Theatre on DCC’s Poughkeepsie campus. The lectures are free and open to the public.
The afternoon presentation is called “The Children of Achebe: New Writings Bring New Things.” It will be followed by student responses to “Dead Men’s Path,” a short story by Nigerian novelist and Brown University professor Chinua Achebe. The 7 p.m. lecture is titled “The Children of Achebe: An Examination of Literature and Time on Nigeria’s 50th Birthday.”
Wainaina won the Caine Prize for African Writing for the short story “Discovering Home.” He is a Bard College fellow and head of the school’s Chinua Achebe Center for African Literature and Languages, as well as the founding editor of East African literary magazine “Kwani?.” Wainaina’s first novel currently is in the works, and is based on an earlier work about the author’s journey from Cape Town, South Africa to Kisoro, Uganda.
Following his primary and high school education, Wainaina studied commerce at the University of Transkei in South Africa, after which he worked in Cape Town for some years as a freelance food and travel writer.
The lecture will be presented by the Llelanie Orcutt Endowed Faculty Chair and is facilitated by DCC English Professor Jackie Goffe-McNish. For more information, call the Dutchess Community College Foundation at (845) 431-8400 .
Founded in 1957, Dutchess Community College is a two-year community college that has earned a reputation for providing an outstanding education at the lowest tuition in New York state. Its main campus is in Poughkeepsie, with a satellite campus in Wappingers Falls. For more information, visit www.sunydutchess.edu.